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YAAC Engagement & Student Transition Committee

Committee Purpose 

The Engagement and Student Transition Committee’s purpose is to advise The Association of Former Students in their efforts to connect with young alumni and current students as they transition into life as a former student.


Meet the 2021 Engagement and Student Transition Committee

2021 Committee Chair
Mason Parish '14
Conroe, Texas
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Mason Parish pursued a BS in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University, earning his degree in 2014, and he completed a graduate degree in Public Service and Administration from the Bush School in 2016. He was active in student government, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and as a department representative. Additionally, Mason developed his leadership style during two important roles: as president of the Texas FFA Association, an organization of more than 81,000 students, and as founder of the Texas A&M Career Closet. Mason has also worked for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, The Association of Former Students, and John Deere. Mason currently works at Deloitte Consulting as a Business Analyst. 

 


2021 Committee Chair-Elect
Alyssa Michalke Stipek ’16
Grapeland, Texas
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Alyssa grew up in the small, rural town of Schulenburg, Texas, which is only 90-odd miles from College Station. While growing up, she had the opportunity to be heavily involved with the community, participate in multiple sports and organizations, and work part-time on her family's ranch. Alyssa was taught the values of honesty, integrity, respect, and selflessness, and she wanted to attend a college where these values would not only be valued, but would also be expected of all students, faculty, and staff, and so her Aggie Story began.

Throughout her time in Aggieland, she became heavily involved with the Corps of Cadets, various honor societies, Sports for Kids, and had the privilege to walk-on to the Women's Basketball team for one season. Alyssa thoroughly enjoyed her time in Aggieland, both inside and outside of the classroom, and it's the lessons she learned and the people she met during her time on campus that allowed her to pursue a successful career in the manufacturing industry.

Upon graduating in May 2017 with a B.S. in Ocean Engineering, Alyssa began working as a Six Sigma Black Belt for TAMKO Building Products in Dallas. She worked there for nearly two years, before getting married in June 2019. As part of her marriage, she relocated to east Texas to join her husband. Alyssa continues her career in the manufacturing industry, and currently works as a Process Engineer for Nucor Steel Texas. In their free time, Alyssa and her husband enjoy volunteering at their local church, hunting, fishing, shooting, playing sports, reading, watching Aggie sports, and spending time with their pets.


Committee Member
Alane Blakely, Ph.D ’10 
Cypress, Texas
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Alane Blakely is a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2010 from Houston, Texas. As a first generation Aggie, she embraced the Aggie Spirit and sought active involvement in many student organizations such as Sigma Phi Lambda, MSC Aggie Leaders of Tomorrow, Impact, Aggie Muster, and Psi Chi Honor Society. While at Texas A&M, Alane also worked for the Student Employment Office within the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid coordinating events such as National Student Employment Week and the Student Employee of the Year Award ceremony.

After graduating with honors and earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with minors in Neuroscience and Business Administration, Alane continued her education at her beloved university as a doctoral student in the College of Education and Human Development. She received her PhD in School Psychology in 2015 and started her career as a Licensed Psychologist for Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District.

Outside of work, Alane is an active volunteer at Dress for Success-Houston seeking to empower women through employment, career advancement, and professional networking. She strives to model these values through her involvement in the Houston A&M Club and professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association and the National Association of School Psychologists. As an avid supporter of education and Texas A&M, Alane seeks to recognize fellow Aggies who embody Texas A&M’s core values through her commitment to supporting an endowed undergraduate scholarship for the university. Alane currently resides in Cypress, Texas with her husband, Kevin ’10, and their dog, Aggie. Together they enjoy volunteering at their church, traveling around the world, and watching Aggie Athletics.


Committee Member
Rachel Keathley ’18 
Houston, Texas
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Rachel Keathley is a native of Austin, Texas and proud member of the Class of 2018, graduating with a BBA in Business Honors and Management, with minors in Spanish and Economics.

While an undergraduate, she worked for the Business Honors program as the events coordinator, and was involved in the Student Government Association, serving as a judicial court advocate, muster host all four years, as Election Commissioner on the executive cabinet, and as Operations Executive Vice President. She also served on eight university committees, as an officer in the women’s organization Philadelphia Sisters, and a member of MSC Wiley, MSC FLI, and Impact. She was awarded the Buck Weirus spirit award in 2017, and the Gates-Muller Outstanding Student Award in 2018.

After graduation, Rachel moved to Mexico City for a year to complete a Binational Business grant as a Fulbright Scholar. As a grantee, she worked for a non-profit organization, Endeavor, supporting high impact entrepreneurs in the selection process for Endeavor’s global network. She also took graduate courses and traveled extensively across the country. She was also able to help plan the first Mexico City Muster. Rachel now lives in Houston, where she works for Bain & Company as an Associate Consultant. She mentors students at Cristo Rey Jesuit School, and is a member of Bain’s social impact and women’s organizations. She is passionate about civic engagement, community resource support, and global education. Rachel loves all thing Aggie, and is excited to be serving on the Engagement and Student Transition Committee to help other young alumni adjust to life after Aggieland.


Committee Member
Sam Linton ’19
Houston, Texas
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Sam Linton graduated from the Dwight Look College of Engineering in May of 2019 with a B.S. in Industrial Distribution. While enrolled as a student at Texas A&M, Sam was involved with various organizations on campus and held multiple leadership positions. After serving previously as both staff and committee, he was an executive for The Big Event 2019 and also served two terms on the Interfraternity Council (IFC) as the VP for Administrative Affairs and then Executive Vice President. Additionally, Sam served terms on the Philanthropy Committee and as the Graduate Brother Relations Chair for the Alpha Mu chapter of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI). He was also a member of the Professional Association for Industrial Distribution (PAID) and even found the time to play one season of Texas Aggie Lacrosse.

Recently, Sam made the move from Oklahoma City to Houston as a part of his role as a Supply Chain Associate with Baker Hughes' ASPIRE Leadership Program. As a part of the program, he will complete rotations in Strategic Sourcing, Continuous Improvement, and Manufacturing Operations supporting various product companies of the greater Baker Hughes' portfolio. In addition to YAAC, Sam is currently one of the Industrial Leads on the Baker Hughes TAMU Campus Team, a member of the Association for Supply Chain Management, and competes in charity tournaments as a member of the Channel 7 Lacrosse Club. In his free time, Sam enjoys all things sports, road tripping, spending time outdoors, and reading copious amounts of TexAgs.


Committee Member
Chris Bettiol '19 
Chicago, Illinois
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Chris Bettiol graduated in May 2019 from Mays Business School with a BBA in Finance and minor in Neuroscience. During his time at Texas A&M, he was involved with Century Men’s Society, Titans of Investing Class XXV, Mays Business Fellows Class XXXVII, and served as a mentor and tutor for elementary school and high school students.

Chris now lives in Chicago, IL and works as an Associate Consultant for PwC. At PwC, he works in the Health Industry Advisory group, focusing on Operations Transformation projects for Health Systems and Health Insurance companies. Outside of work, Chris is involved in his church, spends time cooking for himself and friends, travels, and explores the local coffee shop scene in Chicago and beyond.


Committee Member
Drew Nelson ’13
Houston, Texas
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Drew Nelson grew up in Bryan, TX and is a proud member of the Class of 2013. He graduated from the Mays Business School’s PPA program receiving a BBA in Accounting and an MS in Finance. He currently resides in Houston, TX with his wife Amelia ’15. Drew started his career at PwC in Houston before moving into investment management. He currently works for Bridgeway Capital Management as an Investment Operations analyst.

While at Texas A&M, Drew was involved across campus including serving as a Senior Yell Leader, being a member of Old Army Gentlemen’s Society, a member of MSC Hospitality, and as a Fish Camp counselor. He has stayed connected to Texas A&M as a Class Agent for the Class of 2013 since graduation and frequently returns to campus for football games and other athletic events.


Committee Member
Zack Barnes ’20 
Washington, Texas
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Zack Barnes is a native of Brenham, TX and graduated from Texas A&M with a BBA in Finance in 2019 and a Master's of Financial Management in 2020. While a student, Zack was involved in several organizations, including the Campus Muster Committee, COSGA, Fish Camp, Commercial Banking Program, and PREP. He is a recipient of the Buck Weirus Spirit Award and Gathright Scholar Award.

After graduating in 2020, Zack accepted a position as an Associate Relationship Manager at Frost Bank in Houston. In this capacity, he is able to pursue his passion for growing businesses throughout Texas and beyond. Professionally, Zack is involved with the Greater Houston Partnership and The Risk Management Association. In his free time, Zack enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring the outdoors, and watching Aggie sports. He is an avid traveler and is on the hunt to find the best brisket in Texas.


Committee Member
Mallory Leland ’19
Round Rock, Texas
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Mallory is a first generation Aggie, from Arlington, TX, that fell in love with Texas A&M one cold and rainy day in February of her junior year in high school. She graduated in May of 2019 with my Bachelors of Business Administration in Supply Chain Management and a Minor in Communication.

During her time at A&M, Mallory was involved in Class Councils where she served as the Logistics Director for Pull Out Day during her sophomore year, the Class Gift Chair her junior year, and the Head Director of Maroon Out her senior year. Mallory has a huge passion for traditions and helping to continue to make organizations bigger and better than when she joined them. Mallory also had the privilege of being a part of The Aggie Network Student Ambassadors where she served as the Vice-President of Student Philanthropy during her senior year. This organization made Mallory fall completely in love with The Association of Former Students and all that they do for both current and former students, which gave her a strong desire to continue to serve with them after graduation leading her to apply for YAAC.

Mallory currently lives and works in Round Rock, TX. Mallory and her husband (Jake Leland - Class of '18) both work for Dell Technologies, where she currently serves as a Global Commodity Manager in the Software Procurement space, getting to work with various suppliers across the globe. In her free time she enjoys hiking, traveling, watching Aggie Football, and hanging with friends!


Committee Member
Courtney Toler ’17 
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Courtney is a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2017. She is a recent honors graduate with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Courtney joined Procter & Gamble (P&G) immediately upon graduation in May ’17 and currently is a project manager on Febreze, where she works to bring commercial initiatives to life from concept to retail launch.

Deeply rooted in her upbringing and core values, Courtney has committed to being involved in her community throughout both her time at Texas A&M and in her professional career. At Texas A&M, she was a member of Traditions Council, Project Manager for Engineers Without Borders, Chair for Delta Gamma Lectureship and Parents’ Weekend, a Muster Host, and student worker in the Polymer Nano-composites Research Lab. Post-graduation, she remained passionate about Texas A&M, and started-up one of her most-loved endeavors: the first Aggie-led P&G Texas A&M Recruiting Team. Since its inception in 2018, Courtney has been recognized for her leadership and dedication to this successful effort to bring top-tier talent to P&G. Courtney also volunteers as a K-12 STEM mentor and fundraising co-chair for The Junior League of Cincinnati. In her free time, she likes to ski, hike, and sing. She and her fiancé, Alan, currently reside in her hometown of Cincinnati, OH with their rescue-dog, Lucy.


Committee Member
Christian Gonzalez ’11
Frisco, Texas
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Christian J. Gonzalez is a proud member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2011, graduating with both B.S. and M.Eng degrees in Biomedical Engineering. Growing up as an Army brat and moving around the states and Germany, it wasn't until he stepped on campus that he truly felt he could call Aggieland home. A first generation Aggie, Christian came to College Station diving all in on all traditions Texas A&M had to offer.Involved in various activities, Christian is most proud serving as a Bible study leader for Destino, a Latino based Bible study group, as well as being heavily involved in research and medical device development at the Cardiovascular Pathology Laboratory on campus.

Upon graduating, Christian continued his passion for medical device development and worked as a Clinical R&D engineer for HeartWare, a global leader in implantable cardiovascular devices (later acquired by Medtronic in 2016). Traveling the world interacting with patients and clinicians, Christian quickly found product management the perfect intersection where voice of customer, product development, and strategy overlapped allowing him to a more hands on role in making sure medical devices are made with patients and clinicians in mind. While at Medtronic, Christian pursued an MBA through the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota with a Medical Industry Leadership Institute specialization. Longing to be back in Texas, Christian and his wife Linda (Class of '09) returned to Texas settling in the DFW area in 2019. Christian currently works as a Global Product Manager for Argon Medical Devices, a leader in medical device development focusing on the interventional radiology and oncology spaces.

He proudly serves as an External Advisory Board member for the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M and frequently guest lectures for the department for design development courses. He also serves on the committee for the DFW chapter of the Hispanic Network of Texas A&M University. Christian hopes to inspire future generation of Aggies and be a voice for the Latino community in all aspects of life both personally and professionally.


Committee Member
Kasey Kram '15 
South Bend, Indiana
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Kasey Kram is a Weimar, Texas native and a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2015. He is a recent summa cum laude graduate from Texas A&M University with two Bachelors of Science degrees in Agribusiness and Agriculture Leadership and Development. Kasey currently works at Deloitte as a Human Capital Consultant, where he focuses on large-scale global implementation projects. He and his wife Kallie ’16 currently reside in South Bend, Indiana.

Kasey may have been a first-generation Aggie, but his blood ran as maroon as it gets. Kasey was involved across campus and across the world – from A&M’s Qatar campus to a marketing study abroad program in Europe. His loyalty to embracing the Aggie Spirit and values has been strong since the beginning. From his experiences, he has developed a respect for Texas A&M’s diversity and remarkable opportunities. He has led with integrity in organizations such as the Residence Hall Association, Leadership Fellows, Student Government Association, Old Army Gentlemen’s Society, and the College of Agriculture and Life Science Student Council.

Kasey is devoted to striving for excellence and looks to one day return to school to obtain his PhD in Agricultural Economics.





Committee Member
Sarah Brents '07 
Houston, Texas
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Sarah Brents graduated from Texas A&M University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in history, and a business minor. Following graduation, Brents moved to Austin where she interned at the Texas State Preservation Board prior to accepting a job at the Texas Capitol. She worked as a researcher for the 80th & 81st Legislature, and as an archivist in the interim from 2007-2012. In 2011, Brents received her Master of Arts degree with merit in museum studies from the University of Leicester in the UK. During her Master’s work, Sarah did exhibit and research consultation work for Lamport Hall in England, the Imperial War Museum London, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C., Houston 1940’s Air Terminal Museum, Austin Children’s Museum and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. In 2012, Brents relocated to Houston to work as communications coordinator for First Presbyterian.  She volunteers on the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Wine Garden and School Art committees. She is also very involved in the Junior League of Houston where she sits on the Community Council as a member-at-large, serves as a transfer advisor and is the placement coordinator with the Holocaust Museum Houston.
Committee Member
Sarah Brents '07 
Houston, Texas
SarahBrents@AggieNetwork.com

Sarah Brents graduated from Texas A&M University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in history, and a business minor. Following graduation, Brents moved to Austin where she interned at the Texas State Preservation Board prior to accepting a job at the Texas Capitol. She worked as a researcher for the 80th & 81st Legislature, and as an archivist in the interim from 2007-2012. In 2011, Brents received her Master of Arts degree with merit in museum studies from the University of Leicester in the UK. During her Master’s work, Sarah did exhibit and research consultation work for Lamport Hall in England, the Imperial War Museum London, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C., Houston 1940’s Air Terminal Museum, Austin Children’s Museum and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. In 2012, Brents relocated to Houston to work as communications coordinator for First Presbyterian.  She volunteers on the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Wine Garden and School Art committees. She is also very involved in the Junior League of Houston where she sits on the Community Council as a member-at-large, serves as a transfer advisor and is the placement coordinator with the Holocaust Museum Houston.
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